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Heads Up – Tornado Watch for the District of Columbia until 5pm – Update – Tornado Watch Canceled

by Prince Of Petworth February 21, 2014 at 11:52 am 8 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

Update from SafeDC:

“The Tornado Watch for the District has been canceled by the National Weather Service.”

From MPD:

“The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for the District of Columbia effective immediately until 5pm.

· Be prepared. Tornadoes can form from severe thunderstorms with little or no advanced warning.
· Know your safe room in your home, at school, and at work.
· Remain alert for the issuance of warnings.
· The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement.
· Fit under a work bench or other piece of sturdy furniture.
· If no basement is available, seek shelter on the lowest floor in a hallway or closet.
· Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.
· Evacuate mobile homes and vehicles immediately.
· Do not use highway overpasses as shelters.
· If no shelter is available, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.
· Do not wait to hear or see this tornado before you take action.
· Tornadoes that form at night and those that are rain wrapped may not be visible.”

  • MetMet

    The squall line just came through. I wouldn’t be surprised if they drop the watch within the next few hours.

    • MetMet

      …And the watch has been dropped.

  • Damn, good thing our new roof just got finished this week!

  • I’ve always wondered about the tornado advice to lie in a ditch – where does one find ditches? Does it mean the little depression in the grass alongside of interstates?

    • MetMet

      The advice to lie in a ditch is a last resort. If you’re stranded on a flat Oklahoma highway surrounded by rangeland with no structures in sight and only your car for shelter, it’s better to get out of your car and lie in a ditch. If you are in a structure with a basement or interior room you should stay there.

  • colheights67

    What a great photo.

  • StubsDC

    That photo looks like The Nothing is rolling in.

  • wdc

    The weather today is due to a pattern called a Texas Hooker.

    *tee hee*

    Of course, it might bring blizzards, too.

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